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Aoraki, Mount Cook, Mackenzie, New Zealand

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Aoraki/Mount Cook

Mackenzie, New Zealand

Revered for its starry nights, clear lakes and emerald green valleys, Aoraki/Mount Cook reigns over the center of New Zealand's South Island in snowcapped glory. The highest mountain in New Zealand at more than 12,000 feet, it features glaciers that are famed for their mountaineering and skiing opportunities. In fact, this breathtaking terrain helped prepare Edmund Hillary for his expedition to Everest. Those here just for the view can discover charming alpine villages with quaint B&Bs and pubs, while outdoorsmen can book huts run by the Department of Conservation. 

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